Frustrated Landscaper? Kitely Day #2

I started the day adding some landscaping to the new land I got in Kitely yesterday.

URL: hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Willows%20Nature%20Retreat/127/80/23
URL: hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Willows%20Nature%20Retreat/127/80/23

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Frustrated Landscape Designer

Start of day #2 in Kitely

I haven’t done this in a long time but I spent a mostly sleepless night thinking of plans of how to landscape my new land. Even before I had my coffee I got on the Kitely Market https://www.kitely.com/market I really enjoyed myself putting in trees and grasses. Maybe I’ve found my area of creative interest. I’m a frustrated landscaper!

Willow

Kitely in depth

Today I started my serious evaluation of the Kitely virtual world. Or as its called in part of the Kitey collection of worlds.

I’ve spent so long in Second Life the change it naming is hard for me to get used it. The land I created is only one region or SL sim but it is Willow’s Nature Retreat and known as a Kitely world.

URL: hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Willows%20Nature%20Retreat/127/80/23
URL: hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Willows%20Nature%20Retreat/127/80/23

Except for some basic buildings that were optional I haven’t done anything yet.

What is not going to be hard to get used to is the cost! Total cost is $14.95 per month for the equivalent of one Second Life sim. In SL the cost would be approximately thirteen times that per month. One reason Kitely is cheaper because if no one is in my world then it is kept in computer storage. In Second Life the sim is always on and loaded. One of the things I want to check on is if that is or is not a problem.

Microsoft blows it with Edge

I was really looking forward to using Microsoft’s new Edge web browser until I started to actually use it. If you have been browsing the internet for more than three months web browsing becomes a very personal activity so you are going to customize your web browser to fit your style.

The Internet Options menu selection becomes your best friend. But guess what Edge does not have one. Microsoft hid a few Internet options in obscure places in Edge and left others out.

I want to open a new link I find on a web page in a new tab and that the new page gets the focus. Then I can see if it is really what I want quickly Then press a hot key if it isn’t. With Edge  you can right click on a link to have it open in a new tab then you have to move your pointer up to the tab it opened in and click on it. That won’t take long unless you view several hundred web pages in a couple of hours then the time adds up. If you have physical problems moving a mouse precisely around that gets very tedious.

That is such a basic customizing function I couldn’t believe “Internet Options” wasn’t in Edge. Even Microsoft’s old Internet Explorer had it. Now I’m wondering what other important features like security features Microsoft left out of Edge.

My Rez day and a decade in Second Life

Willow 2005 2015 Comparison v5

A decade in a virtual world is a long time. I know a few people who have been in Second Life longer but not many. I think a day like this deserves some reflection and history.

On 7/28/05 I met my friend Bob. (Fun fact: What is strange his rez date is BEFORE SL officially existed. He started in April 2003 and SL wasn’t released to the public until June. He was part of the beta test. I still see him occasionally.) It is thanks to Bob that I’m still in SL. He helped me get over SL’s steep learning curve and invited me to join the Slate land holding group.

For the rest of 2005 and part of 2006 he and I were a team that helped new people with both the technical parts and play in Second Life. He showed people the tech parts and I did the fun parts by having a pool party and showing people how to dance and hear music in SL.

Second Life was a very different place back then.

·       You couldn’t teleport point to point. You had to tp close to where you wanted to go and then fly the rest of the way.

·       Staying connected for an hour that was surprising. Relogging was very common. I even wrote a macro for it because I had to do it so often.

·       Tuesday’s weren’t just a rolling restart day. The lab would bring the whole grid down for several hours. That was often accompanied by the necessity to download a new viewer.

·       The population of Second Life was much smaller. I remember setting the record of fifteen hundred online at once. Today online numbers are in the forty to over fifty thousand range.

·       Residents were also very different. It seemed most male avatars were horny teen boys who thought the way to “win” SL was to have virtual sex with as many female avatars as possible.

·       The “game” and “not a game” debate has been going on since even before I joined Second Life. The way I exist in world I say it is not a game. There are real people with feelings behind those keyboards. Respect them!

·       One thing that is the same is that SL resident have always supported charitable causes. I was told by an early friend that she had walked all the way around SL. Try that today!

I continued having the dance parties even after Bob stopped doing his technical sessions. Occasionally someone will still tell me they wished I still did those dance parties since they enjoyed them. Once I spent eight hours dancing in Second Life.

But my five or sometime ten dance parties a week burned me out. For a while I mostly just hung out with my close friends and shopped. We even formed a morning coffee and hugs group that would get together each morning. Like most groups in SL that eventually disbanded because people moved or got bored.

After a while I sold my land and took a three year vacation from Second Life. During that time I kept my account going but I would only log in for a few minutes once a month.

It was a shock when I did come back to SL. For one thing I had forgotten how to dress. Mesh had taken off and I found a real man who courted and married me. We just celebrated our first anniversary and have a child.

So it’s with a heavy heart that I began looking for a replacement for Second Life. I have become conscious or all the controversy and intrigue surrounding virtual worlds these days. I know the lab says SL will continue. But I have been around the computer industry for many years and I feel it is time to hedge my virtual world bets and start looking what is a good alternative to Second Life.

Inworldz as a replacement for Second Life

I continue to be impressed with inworldz as a possible replacement for SL. Yesterday I build an avatar in my Second Life married name. If I need to make the move my SL husband will be joining me.

To explore inworldz I really needed some in world currency. I was afraid it would be like SL because you had to be a pay for a permanent membership to be able to buy cash. I wasn’t ready to do that since this is an evaluation period for me. So I thought I would have to go through the hassle of borrowing some cash from friends.

Joy!!! I found out I could just use Pay Pal to get some walking around money. And not have to commit to a permanent membership!

Revisiting inworldz and Kitely (7/25/15)

I hadn’t visited these worlds since March. The coming expansion of Second Life into Sansar and all the emphasis on Virtual Reality hardware and talk of needing an advanced computer is making me nervous so I thought I should look closer at these worlds. My plan was to visit inworldz today and Kitely Sunday.

I know people who should know say SL will continue. But I’ve been around the computer industry long enough to know that statements like that may or may not be true. So I needed to at least look at alternatives.

But my plan hit some snags. When I tried to get some walking around money in inworldz I got an error message saying there was a problem and linked me to a Second Life grid status web site. Hmmmm!

I have some friends from SL that are also in inworldz. Maybe they can tell me what is going on. While I waited I took some pictures. Using the Firestorm viewer even modifying the windlight setting is the same.

 

But several hours passed and I didn’t see my friends. Then I remembered the Kitely market place says it will allow purchase of things for other virtual worlds. Maybe I can buy something there and have it sent to my inworldz avatar. So arises snag number two which really muddies the waters.

When I tried to buy some Kitely currency again the same error message of there was a problem pops up and sends my web browser to the same Second Life status page. Double Hmmmmm!

I did take some pictures in Kitely and again the firestorm viewer worked the same.

Falling Waters-Kitely

 

Sunset-Kitely

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